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Bard Head,gun emplacement

A Scheduled Monument in Lerwick North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.1032 / 60°6'11"N

Longitude: -1.0734 / 1°4'24"W

OS Eastings: 451622

OS Northings: 1135764

OS Grid: HU516357

Mapcode National: GBR R2P1.4SY

Mapcode Global: XHFBC.FBW1

Entry Name: Bard Head,gun emplacement

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5367

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: 20th Century Military and Related: Battery

Location: Bressay

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Lerwick North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a gun, gun emplacement, magazine and associated remains, dating to the First World War.

The 6-inch naval gun installed in 1917 survives within its circular concrete emplacement, within which are ready-use lockers. A fox- hole, or entrenchment, near to the emplacement provided rapid shelter. To the north of the emplacement is a sunken concrete magazine, with ventilation holes in its roof. On the edge of the nearby cliffs are the remains of a hoist used to deliver supplies to the gun-crew, which was provided by the Royal Marines.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, bounded on the S by the top edge of the sea cliffs and including the gun, gun emplacement, fox-hole, magazine and hoist, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of the very few coastal defence sites with its gun in-situ, and also as part of an integrated system of defence which illustrates the principles of coastal defence as practiced in 1918, when the major threat was seen as water-borne. It is also of historical significance as a tangible reminder of the vital strategic role played by Shetland in the two World Wars.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU53NW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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